Floorcloths are canvas area rugs. These rugs were popular in 18th century England and could be found in many wealthy-period homes. There were many designs, including wood graining, tiles, and marbling. Eventually, American colonists began to create these durable and functional floor covers. Today floorcloths are a practical floorcovering that allows each student to create a unique piece suited for their home.
Students can select from various cut stencils to create their design. Choose the popular Nantucket Wildflowers designed by Lee Papale, or choose from a selection of traditional patterns.
Maximum class size: 6
Mary Emery Lacoursiere graduated from Pratt Institute with an M.F.A. in printmaking and painting. She had a studio in New York City for fifteen years, specializing in hand-painted sisal rugs, murals, and restoring historical painting. A member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration since 1978, Mary has been a contributing artist for Lifetime Television and Hearst Entertainment and currently owns and operates Emery Design here on Nantucket. She is also the director of Education at the Nantucket Historical Association.